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Boyle Re-signs with Bolts

from the Tampa Tribune,

The Lightning signed a cornerstone and brought back an original today. Tampa Bay inked restricted free-agent defenseman Dan Boyle to a three-year, $10 million contract, locking up one of the core players of the Lightning's Stanley Cup championship team. Boyle is scheduled to make $2.75 million this season and $3.625 million the following two years for a salary cap hit of $3.33 million.

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Datsyuk Interview

Pavel Datsyuk was recently intervied by SOVSPORT.RU and here is the translation: Where I will play in this season? Thus far situation in the fog. I can say one: even if I remain in Russia, then (I) only (play) in the "dynamo". Specific proposal from "Detroit" about the new contract to me thus far yet it did not enter. More of the interview talks about his recovery from elbow surgery which is now 100%. Here is the whole interview: Yesterday together with the basic composition of "dynamo" began to be trained the best player the super-leagues of the past season Pavel datsyuk. Datsyuk arrived flying to Moscow from Detroit week ago and, until "dynamo" it came out at the tournament in Saint Petersburg, it were occupied in the capital according to the individual program. - the first training on ice in Moscow I conducted even on Friday, said Datsyuk to correspondent "SS" to gennadi NABATOVU. - it went for a drive a little. Separately thus far it did not load. Although the process of rehabilitation after operation on the elbow practically was completed. After the Austrian championship of peace in America to me they removed the small fragment of meniscus. Where I will play in this season? Thus far situation in the fog. I can say one: even if I remain in Russia, then only in the "dynamo". Specific proposal from "Detroit" about the new contract to me thus far yet it did not enter. Russian link. update 6:14pm, I made a few phone calls today regarding Datsyuk and the sides are still far apart. Thw Wings want Datsyuk to commit to a long term contract and Pavel only wants to commit until he is FA eligible. They are also miles apart in salary which tells me there is much work to be done. Remember, if Dats signs a contract with Dynamo, the Wings have only until August 15th to guarantee the NHL contract will "ace" the Dynamo contract.

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Free Agents Fading Fast

from the CP via Canada.com,

The NHL's free-agent frenzy has cooled down and the focus in the hockey world has shifted gears to restricted free agents. They have until Wednesday to file for salary arbitration, a quick but nasty way to resolve contract stalemates. Restricted free agents who reject one-year qualifying offers from their teams can elect for arbitration and receive a one-or two-year award from the arbitrator. This year's arbitration cases will be heard Aug. 22-Sept. 1.

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Burke Signs with Pittsburgh, Adams with Carolina

via Sportsnet,

The Pittsburgh Penguins ongoing construction around Sidney Crosby continues. Sportsnet has learned the Penguins have hired the experience of Sean Burke to take some of the burden off Marc Andre Fleury. Sources tell Sportsnet Burke has agreed to a 2-year, $3-million deal and is expected to handle the majority of Pittsburgh netminding duties this season.
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with restricted free agent center Kevyn Adams on a two-year contract. As per club policy, further terms of the deal were not released. "Kevyn is a leader and an important player for the Hurricanes," said general manager Jim Rutherford. "His work ethic and determination set good examples for our team."

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Saskin Answers Questions

from Sports Business Journal,

When Ted Saskin was named to replace his boss, Bob Goodenow, as executive director of the NHLPA on July 28, it was the last check-off on the NHL owners' wish list. Considered to be reasonable and cooperative — traits few would use to describe his predecessor — Saskin was the NHLPA's lead negotiator during the nearly yearlong lockout. After months of following Goodenow's lead and speaking out against a salary cap and linkage between revenue and salaries, Saskin eventually took his direction from the players and negotiated a deal with those elements.

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Dealing with Luongo

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Contract negotiations for Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo remained unresolved Monday. A short conversation between Luongo's agent, Gilles Lupien, and Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan over the length of the contract ended without agreement. Though Lupien says he expects to speak with Keenan by the end of the week, there's a lot of ground to cover.
There are also rumors being reported in Montreal of trade which would see Jose Theodore moving to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Luongo.

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Olympic Talk- Looking for Good Harmony

from Around the Rings,

The participation of the NHL in the Turin Olympics could be finalized this week following talks in Turin, Prague and Zurich. The president of the International Ice Hockey Federation tells Around the Rings he's 99% sure things will work out.

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Blues News

from TSN, The St. Louis Blues have signed unrestricted free agent left wing Dean McAmmond and restricted free agent Bryce Salvador. The Blues also announced that restricted free agents Eric Boguniecki and Colin Hemingway had accepted qualifying offers.

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Looking East

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Who is seeing this landscape in slow motion and who is seeing just a frenetic kaleidoscope of faces, names and numbers, and throwing it all on a wall to see what sticks? We'll know come April. In no particular order, let's look at how each team stacks up in the Eastern Conference. Next week, we'll look at the Western Conference. These are not official season previews -- that comes in late September when all the rosters are set.

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Sneaking Through the Bertuzzi Ruling

from the Toronto Globe and Mail,

The NHL may be trumpeting this season as a fresh start, but today it looks a lot like the old NHL, which is to say, narrow-minded, manipulative and disappointing. If commissioner Gary Bettman is proud of this work, he should take a look at what former NHL Players' Association executive director Bob Goodenow did and empty his desk before leaving. Until then, here's to the league that continues to be its own worst enemy: go to the penalty box. Go in shame. Anyone who thinks this was a well-handled affair can sit out, too.

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